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Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce
MISSION STATEMENT IS TO STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY BY PROMOTING BUSINESS GROWTH , EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.”
Vol. 27, No.4
A Publication of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce
The dream is almost reality
he Annual Farragut West Knox Chamber
of Commerce Silent and Live Auction is
just around the corner on Friday, April 26!
We are very excited to have a great evening for
those attending “Turning Dreams into Reality”
as they bid on fantastic items and help several
great causes all at once.
The event will be hosted at Rothchild’s on
Kingston Pike. The evening will kick off with the
Silent Auction, followed by dinner and leading
directly into the Live Auction. If that’s not
enough, Angela Floyd School of Dance & Music
is graciously providing musical entertainment
by recording artist Keith Brown for the evening,
while the Knoxville Photobooth Company will
also be there with a booth available so guests
can have their pictures made!
Our offices are filling with Silent Auction
items including beautiful gift baskets, wines,
Wings for a Year from Wild Wings, original art,
and dinner certificates from many area restaurants. Auctioneer, Bear Stephenson, of
Stephenson Realty and Auctions will again keep
us hopping at the live auction which will feature
popular items such as a Dinner Excursion for 8
at Bonefish Grill, a full set of Michelin Tires (up
to an $800 value), a special 14k Gold $5 Coin
encased in a beautiful 14 K setting and 14 K
chain valued at $750, a deluxe Pillow Queen
Mattress set valued at $1,300 and more!
Stephenson will then move on to the themed
tables… “I Just Want To… DANCE, TRAVEL, go
to ITALY, or COOK.” Anything goes! The tabletop
sponsors may think of a theme that is totally
bizarre…not necessarily what you would do, but
if you could, what fun it would be! Several tabletop creators are still keeping quiet on their
themes; competition for this year’s “Best
Dressed Table” should be fierce!
Fifteen percent of ticket proceeds will go to
Dream Connection, a Knoxville based non-profit
charity. Dream Connection is completely
dependent on volunteer work and charitable
donations because 100% of their resources are
dedicated to fulfilling the dreams and wishes of
chronically or terminally ill East Tennessee children, ages 3 to 17. The auction also helps fund
the Chamber’s Continuing Education scholarships, which are available to all members.
Scholarships are reviewed by the Executive
Committee and granted in amounts up to $500.
These scholarships help local business leaders
afford training/schooling needed to advance in
their fields. We are very excited to also be offering a $500 scholarship during the auction as
The Chamber will continue to accept donations and sponsorships through April 15! This
will us allow time for printing, making sure your
business name is listed with your item. All items
will be sold in the silent or live auction to the
highest bidder. If you have not been contacted to
participate, please contact the Chamber office
and let us know what you would like to donate.
Don’t be left out! Call 675-7057 today for more
information. Each member has a tremendous
effect and helps make this event a success!
The Chamber is very appreciative to our generous sponsors: Presenting Sponsor HRComp;
Event Sponsors The Town of Farragut,
Rothchild Catering & Conference Center and
Lenoir City Utilities Board; Community
Sponsors Pinnacle Financial Center, Tennessee
State Bank, NHC Assisted Living, Tennova—
Turkey Creek Medical Center; and Media
Sponsors farragutpress, Shopper-News, and
Tickets for Chamber members are $55 each
or $100 per couple. Non-members are $65 or
$120 per couple. Tables of 10 are available for
$500. Reservations are required and may be
made by calling the Chamber office at 675-7057
or by visiting the Web site at www.farragutchamber.com. See you at the auction!
Don’t miss this! “Not the best auction in the
world, just the best you’ve ever seen!”
These Chamber members generously contribute to the Chamber and the Continuing
Education Grant Program above and beyond their annual dues.
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The Farragut West Knox Chamber is pleased to welcome
back these members who have renewed their investment in
the Chamber and in the community where they do business. Each is a very important part of our organization,
and we are privileged to count them as Farragut West
Knox Chamber of Commerce members. We urge our members to patronize one another when the goods or services a
member can provide are needed. And, it is our hope that
area residents will recognize the commitment that a business makes to a community when it becomes a part of its
local chamber of commerce and will reward that commitment with their patronage.
AAA East Tennessee
AAA East TN Insurance
BB&T – Farragut Branch
(Thank you for your Enterprise Membership!)
Bearden Banquet Hall
Buddy’s Bar-B-Q of Farragut
Buffalo Wild Wings
Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services
Capital Financial Group
Carey Moving of Knoxville
Cornerstone Church of God
Easy Outdoor Decor
– Campbell Station Financial Center
Fisher Tire Company
(Thank you for your Enterprise Membership)
Insurance Consulting Services of TN
Junk Bee Gone
(Thank you for your Enterprise Membership)
Lincoln Memorial University
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
– Michael Dyer Agency
New Covenant Baptist Church
Panera Bread – Peters Road
Pinnacle Land Surveying
Pure Luxe Salon, Spa & Medspa
Re/Max Preferred Properties
– Valarie Thompson
ROK Financial Services
– Steve Jergeson
Slate, Disharoon, Parrish & Associates
State Farm Insurance
– Jeannette Rogers
The Tennessee Credit Union
Tennessee Smokies Baseball
West Knox Dentistry
– Joseph W. Brakovec, DDS
YP Advertising Solutions
• The Dogwood Arts Festival has selected the
Farragut Trail as the Featured Trail of 2013! The
trail will be open from April 10 to April 28; bus
tours will be offered the weekend of April 12 to
April 14. For more information, visit www.dogwoodarts.com.
• The 9th Annual Waltz for Wishes Gala is
scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the
Downtown Knoxville Marriott to benefit the MakeA-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee. The goal of
the Waltz for Wishes is to raise money to make
wishes come true for kids with life-threatening
medical conditions who live in Knoxville and the
surrounding areas. Tickets are $175 per person or a
table of ten for $1,500. Sponsorships are also available. For more information please call 966-1494.
• The 9th Annual Saints' Gala: An Evening on the
Hilltop, Celebrating the Flavors of Tennessee will
take place Saturday, May 11, from 6-11 p.m. on the
campus of the Episcopal School of Knoxville. The
evening includes a silent auction, student art auction and live auction, as well as a wonderful menu
filled with classic Tennessee flavors. If you are
interested in donating an item or being a sponsor,
please contact Director of Special Events Alice
Smith via email at [email protected]
• Visit Knoxville is pleased to announce three
new additions to the Knoxville Visitor Center,
including a new I-Pad information station, “Let’s
Visit Knoxville” experience board, and “Where in
the World?” map. In addition to the new Knoxville
Visitor Center additions, Visit Knoxville has recently expanded a service to Knox County hotels, distributing county-wide and downtown maps to hotel
locations for staff to utilize when guests request
directions and information about Knoxville. For
more information about Visit Knoxville and the
Member Briefs See page 3
From the beginning, Pinnacle Financial Partners set out to be “more than just a bank”. They turned the
traditional banking model upside down – not just to be different but to be excellent. They offer a wide range
of financial services including loan and deposit products as well as investments, insurance, trust and
financial planning. Their experienced financial advisors are recognized for their sound advice and commitment to great service.
Led Gardner - Prudential and
David Lawrence - Manning Windows
enjoying the light breakfast provided
at Pinnacle Financial Partners’
Daniel Monday - Slamdot
is happy to lend a helping
hand to Diane Jones Pinnacle Financial
Partners as she draws for
a door prize. Pictured also
are Raeus Cannon - REO,
LLC, Bettye Sisco and Julie
Predny - FWKCC.
Linda’s Hallmark offers a wide selection of cards and gifts for all the special occasions in your life. They
sell “Blooming Expressions,” a bouquet of flowers that reveal a special message at the touch of a button.
The store features a Vera Bradley department offering various designs in handbags and accessories.
John Coombs - Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage is
welcomed to his first
networking with the FWKCC
by fellow Chamber members
Louise Povlin - Anytime
Fitness, Daniel Monday Slamdot and Suzanne
McCarter - Cook Bros.
Linda Underwood, owner
of Linda’s Hallmark
shares testimonials of
how networking has
enhanced her business
with Chamber members.
Brandon and Mary
Harris celebrated the
unveiling of their new
addition to Salon
Biyoshi Salon with a
ribbon cutting on
March 1. The ribbon
cutting was followed
with a fun evening
reception hosted by
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Jet’s Pizza Farragut is a “dream come true” for pizza lovers. Their signature deep dish Chicago-style
square is the tip of the iceberg. They offer 20+ toppings and 8 different crusts, which adds up to a multitude of combinations. Jet’s offers specialty pizzas, like BBQ Chicken, featuring grilled chicken, red
onions, bacon, and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. Customers that want to broaden their palates can
order subs, salads, wings, or gourmet breadsticks. The restaurant makes “Jet’s Boats”, similar to calzones. In addition to catering to all areas of Knoxville, they now offer convenient online ordering and a
private party room. Half price beer and wine are also available during their new bar’s 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The staff of Jet’s Pizza
Farragut ready to greet
Chamber members to their
after-hours networking on
Feb. 21. Pictured are Nate
Hartsuff, Angie Sanders,
Victoria West, Trish Cogdill,
John Solomon, Ashley
Middlebrooks, and Zac Rosen.
Member Briefs From page 2
Knoxville Visitor Center, visit www.knoxville.org.
• Congratulations to Kerry McDuffie of
Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning on completion
of the WoolSafe training! He is now recognized as
a WoolSafe Approved Wool Fiber Care Specialist.
For more information on rug and carpet cleaning
services visit www.superiorofknoxville.com.
• West Knox Chiropractic is celebrating 25
years of business in Farragut! Dr. Alan Lensgraf
opened his office at the corner of Kingston Pike
and Campbell Station Road in 1988. Since then he
has performed over 150,000 adjustments to treat
back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Visit
www.drlensgraf.com or call 675-2263 to book an
• Episcopal School of Knoxville is providing
the venue for The Rotary Club of West Knoxville's
First Annual Rocky Top Hummin' & Strummin'
BBQ Cookoff on May 3 and 4. The proceeds will go
to support the Rotary Club of West Knoxville. Over
50 teams will compete for Knoxville's first sanctioned Tennessee State BBQ Championship. For
more information and to buy tickets for this family-friendly event, visit www.rockytopbbq.com.
Matthew Eagan and
Katrina Peters with
Y-12 Federal Credit
Union enjoying pizza
at the Jet’s Pizza
Farragut High School Education Foundation, a non-profit liaison between Farragut HS and the community, helps the Knox County Board of Education keep students ahead of the curve by funding necessary
programs & technology updates. Currently, they are funding the After School Learning Center, an optional tutoring program for struggling students. They hope to update computer equipment in the library and
support teacher retention.
Newk’s Express Café offers a variety of salads & sandwiches, like the Newk’s Q, plus California-style pizzas, homemade soups and desserts. The wide kid’s menu and atmosphere make it a great option for
families. Customers can always visit the grab-n-go cooler, which is always stocked with a delicious assortment of sandwiches and salads.
John Randazzo - Fish Window
Cleaning and Dennis Knisley United Capital Lending chat with
Chamber prospect Lesley Willams
of Sozo Tech at the breakfast
networking on Feb. 28.
Farragut High School Education
Foundation co-hosted a morning
networking with Newk’s Express
Café. Pictured are Briana
Stockdale - FHS, Bettye Sisco FWKCC, Sarah Lutz - FHS, Beth
Martin - FHS Education Foundation
and Tenae Shipley - FSG Bank.
Severe obesity robs individuals of
quality of life and health. But there
is hope. Tennova Center for
Surgical Weight Loss offers this
hope with Bariatric surgery.
Pictured at the ribbon cutting are
Chamber members Amy Chandler Johnson Service Group, Dr. Robert
Williams and Lance Jones, CEO Tennova Turkey Creek Medical
Center West, Dr. Steven Boyce,
Jessica Lanary, former patient
Officer Chris Holloway, and
Chamber member Carol Matthews Ullrich Printers.
• Book a private event at Fleming's Prime
Steakhouse & Wine Bar between Apr. 1 and Jun.
16 and receive a $50 Dining Card for every $500
you spend. You'll enjoy the assistance of a dedicated Private Dining Director in planning your
event. For guest services and booking assistance,
please email them at [email protected]
• The Town of Farragut fire marshal, Dan
Johnson, was recognized for being “knowledgeable, hardworking and dedicated to his community and profession”, when he was named Code
Official of the Year by the East Tennessee Building
Officials Association. Congratulations!
• Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett presented
Rural/Metro Division General Manager Rob Webb
with a proclamation naming Feb. 2 as Rural/Metro
Day in honor of the company’s 65th anniversary.
Rural/Metro has been the official emergency
ambulance service provider of Knox County since
1985 and is the only nationally accredited ambulance provider in the state.
• Pinnacle Financial Partners’ Farragut Office
is pleased to announce their newest associate,
Gina Perkins, formerly of First Tennessee Bank,
joining them as a service specialist.
Congratulations also goes to Davidia Moore on her
retirement from Pinnacle after a banking career
of over 30 years in the Knoxville area. Lee Fulcher
joined them in late 2012 to serve as a Financial
Advisor. Other team members are Michelle Carr,
Diane Jones, Jennine Smith, Terry Massey and
Starlene Williams. The Farragut office celebrated
its three year anniversary in December. A new
Pinnacle Financial Partners office is currently
under construction on the corner of Hayfield and
Kingston Pike and is anticipated to open in May
• The Mabry-Hazen House, built in 1858, will
host their Civil War Living History on April 13 and
14, 2013. Mabry’s Hill served as headquarters for
both armies during the Civil War, and will once
again be occupied by Union and Confederate
troops. Additional information about the event as
well as an event schedule can be obtained by visiting www.mabryhazen.com or by calling 522-8661.
More information about the Knox County Civil War
Sesquicentennial Commission can be found at
• The Town Framery Spring Open House is
Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and
greet local artists Joe Trout, Mary Wilbourn &
Lynda Wheeler! Handcrafted jewelry, ceramics,
pottery, woodwork, home decor, garden and
gifts will be available for purchase. For more information call 671-6627 or visit www.thetownframery.com.
• Slamdot would like to welcome Wade McLemore to the team as a product advisor. You may get
the opportunity to meet or chat with Wade in person, by phone or via email, and he's eager to work
with their family of existing, and potential, customers!
• Please join Clarity Pointe Knoxville for their
Member Briefs See page 4
11863 Kingston Pike • Farragut, Tennessee, 37934-3833
865.675.6397 • Fax: 865.675.1675
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Quotes ‘n Notes
“Following the light
of the sun, we left the
by Bettye Sisco
There is a lot in this world we can’t
see. But just because we can’t see it or
hold it in our hands, doesn’t mean it’s
not there. “Here is my secret,” said the
fox in The Little Prince, “It is only with
the heart that one can see rightly. What
is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Much of this article is taken from a
small book called BELIEVE. It is a collection of thoughts and quotes that the
editor Kristel Wills gathered over the
years. Be happy and enjoy!
• Believe in fresh starts and new `
• Believe that opportunity is every
where and all around you.
• Believe that the universe is
friendly and life is on your side.
• Believe you are a once-in-all of
• Believe that you are here for
• Believe that nothing is too
good to be true!
• Believe you must take your
• Believe that passion persuades.
• Believe when others might not.
• Believe in doing great work!
• Believe that some boundaries are
meant to be crossed.
• Believe there is always, always,
always a way.
• Believe you are far bigger than
anything that can happen to you.
• Believe there’s light at the end of
• Believe that you might be a light
for someone else.
• Believe that life is sacred.
• Believe that you are blessed.
• Believe in the miracle of the
• Believe in giving back.
• Believe that friendship is an
honor and privilege.
• Believe in taking a stand.
• Believe in you.
Welcome to our new Farragut
West Knox Chamber members!
The Chamber welcomes these businesses who have joined us recently.
– Lonnie Jones Agency
Lonnie Jones, Jr.
620 Campbell Station Road, Suite 9
Knoxville, TN 37934
410 N. Cedar Bluff Road, #200
Knoxville, TN 37923
Corks Wine & Spirits
11668 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
Farragut, TN 37934
MetLife Financial Services
412 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
Modern Gladiator Lifestyle Fitness Spa
619 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
Mike Baker Insurance Consulting
12540 Willow Cove Way
Knoxville, TN 37934
Family Promise of Knoxville
1133 Catlett Road
Knoxville, TN 37932
10424 Electric Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37932
Fox Medical Clinic
135 Lovell Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
Realty Executives Associates
– Cheryl Hatfield
12055 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
Krispy Kreme of Farragut
11208 Kingston Pike
Aaron Frogg is pictured with daughter, Allison and the FWKCC Chamber celebrating Totz2Teenz Consignment Shop’s new location at 157 West End Ave with
a ribbon cutting. Chamber members were treated with a Sam’s Club West cake
Member Briefs From page 3
Ribbon Cutting at 4 p.m. on Apr. 30! Help welcome this new assisted living and
memory care center to the neighborhood at their new address, 901 Concord Road.
We have a great solution that
will benefit both you and the
Chamber. We have a recycle
bin available behind the
All proceeds are donated
by the farragutpress to the
Farragut West Knox
Chamber of Commerce
11863 Kingston Pike
Behind the farragutpress Building
Farragut West Knox
• Every year, the Star 102.1 Radio-thon for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
gives Knoxville an opportunity to help children they know and love. This year, the
two-day, 24-hour live radio-thon is April 11 and 12 at West Town Mall. Star 102.1
morning radio personalities Marc, Kim & Frank will encourage listeners to “tune
in for children” and make a pledge to help children who make 160,000 visits to
Children’s Hospital each year. Listeners will learn how their donations provide
funding for much needed specialized pediatric medical equipment to meet the
health care needs of the tens of thousands of area children served by Children’s
Hospital every year. Real-life stories from children who have been patients will be
heard as well. Call ETCH at 541-8165 or visit www.etch.com for more information
on how you, your family or your business can get involved and help Star 102.1 help
the children of East Tennessee!
• The Tennessee Smokies are in full swing! Go play Hooky with them at Noon on
April 24 and 29 or enjoy a post-game concert with “Southern Drawl” on April 28.
Remember that they have fireworks following every Friday home game and on
Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. For a complete list of games, times and promotions visit the website at www.smokiesbaseball.com or call 286-2300. Discounts
are available for groups of 20 or more at all games.
Calendar of Events
Please call the Chamber office at 675-7057 for information
April 11, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
11361 Parkside Drive
April 18, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
David Abbey Carpet & Floor
10853 Kingston Pike
April 25, 2013
April 26, 2013
Annual Silent & Live Auction and Dinner
Rothchild’s Catering & Events
8807 Kingston Pike
e-mail: [email protected]
May 9, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon
10133 Sherrill Blvd, Suite 200
11826 Kingston Pike,
Farragut, TN 37934
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Dumas drew his first portrait at age four, but only
began painting when
given a painting set for
his 27th birthday. Since
then, he has painted
everything from wildlife to war. He painted
UT Football and Basketball for 14 years, and
his 1988 limited edition “Arena Building”
print helped raise money to build the UT basketball arena. During his years depicting football, he was also able to meet many iconic
personalities, including Bear Bryant, whom
he calls “a prince of a man.”
In addition to meeting heroes of football,
Dumas has met many heroes of war. He spent
four years treating sick and wounded soldiers
as a Navy hospital corpsman during and after
World War II. Dumas says, “Some of their stories were just amazing… You couldn’t believe
they had survived!”
His time in the navy inspired him to create
an entire war series—60 paintings from combat photographs of World War II, Vietnam,
and Korea. Dumas says his goal was “to give
people an understanding of what war is really like.” Each painting tells a different story;
together they depict the tension in wartime
between glory and devastation, patriotism
and suffering. For him, the series “brings
back a flood of memories.” He recalls that
“The war had a romance about it… a horrible
Every subject Dumas paints has its own
emotion and personality. He paints from photographs of real lives and takes great care to
preserve the context and backstory behind
each snapshot. “These are individuals,” he
says, “not something I’ve concocted.”
Though Dumas has paint a myriad of subjects over the years, his favorites are cats and
dogs, His art has raised money for many charities, including the Thompson Cancer
Survival Center, Handicapped Olympics, East
Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the
Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services program. He also teaches art classes at the
Strang Senior Center every Tuesday morning.
His gallery, located in his home, is open for
viewing to all interested: “Just give me a call!”
He can be reached at 865-777-3745.
Stress is part of everything we do in
business and life. Even happy events
carry stress with the planning and anticipation of them! How can we combat
stress then? Realize and remember:
• Low stress lifestyles are actually
fairly efficient and well-managed.
Does a desk piled over in papers
make you feel calm or crazed?
Laziness and sloppiness usually create
more stress than they remove.
Try to declutter as much as possible.
• The daily struggles of life never end.
That day when “all your problems
will be over” will never be here.
Focus on savoring the moments as
they come rather than constantly
wrestling with aggravations while
waiting for that “happy ending.”
• Getting involved in various activities
you enjoy is great! But try to find
activities that let you focus
on the activity itself—not how well
you are performing or what you can
get out of it. Stressful emotions fade
when you can focus on the process,
not the outcome.
• Almost all forms of emotional distress are caused by how we perceive
or what we tell ourselves about what
is happening. The real story (what
actually happens to us) is often quite
different. Get a second or third
opinion of a situation if you have to!
• Living in the PRESENT is key! The
ghosts of our past (like parental
standards we are still holding
ourselves up to) often rob the present
of its energy and joy. As the song
by Billy Joel says, “The good ol’ days
weren’t always good and tomorrow
ain’t as bad as it seems!”